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Education

University of Illinois College of Law
Champaign, Illinois
J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
University of Illinois Law Review, Symposium Editor

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan
B.A., summa cum laude, Music, 2001

Bar Admissions

Michigan

Court Admissions

All Michigan state courts

Business Law Attorney

Seth leads the Business and Corporate Practice Team. He is experienced in business representation, planning and counseling. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity, securities, distressed asset and restructuring, and commercial transactions. Seth also advises clients with respect to corporate governance, regulatory and other general corporate matters.

Seth chairs Varnum’s Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) Taskforce, which specializes in CTA compliance, guidance and analysis. Visit our CTA Resource Center for more information.

Experience

Representing global fintech leader and top-10 insurance brokerage, Acrisure, in the execution of its robust M&A strategy, as well as other transformative transactions. Since 2013, several hundred platform and add-on acquisitions have been completed throughout the Americas, Europe and beyond. Publicized, representative transactions include:

Represented Chinese-listed company in its acquisition of a Southeast Michigan-based designer and manufacturer of conveyor and material handling systems.

Represented the selling shareholders of a Tier 1 supplier of intelligent components and assemblies serving the automotive infotainment connectivity sector to a worldwide manufacturer of electrical and interconnect systems, specialty cables and sensors.

Represented a privately-owned maker of luxury wool carpets for the architectural design trade in its recapitalization involving a sale of assets to a private equity firm. The deal also included rollover investment by the client company owners.

Represented a privately-owned provider of solutions for the packaging industry in a sale of equity to a strategic buyer.

Represented a privately-owned contract manufacturer for the medical device and biotechnology industries to a private equity firm. The deal also included rollover investment by the client company owners.

Represented a family office in its acquisition of a financially distressed produce broker and apple packer.

Represented a U.S. public company providing building and home products for retailers in its acquisition of a designer and installer of customized in-store environments.

Represented a U.S. public company that manufactures office furniture, equipment and home furnishings in its acquisition of a textiles designer.

Represented the debtor-in-possession in the liquidation of a complex farming operation through a series of Section 363 sales in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Honors and Recognitions

Grand Rapids Magazine’s Top Lawyers, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2020 – 2022

Leader’s Edge© Executive Report, (a publication of the CIAB) major player in M&A since 2016

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Go To Business Lawyer 2020

Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Star since 2012

Professional Affiliations

Association for Corporate Growth, Western Michigan

Catholic Lawyers Association of West Michigan

Grand Rapids Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Community Involvement

HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid, Inc., Board of Directors

St. Isidore Parish, Finance Council, chair

Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids and Gilda’s LaughFest, Board of Directors, 2009 – 2018

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